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Staying cool in the summer can be one of many difficult things for renters when it comes to finances.
Chris Baskin writes to help others live more simply explaining ways for renters to stay cool and save money this summer. In an article from October 2022, when he wrote for Treehugger.com, he wrote about ways to stay cool and save money during the summer.
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13 Great Tips for New Homeowners and First-Time Home Buyers
You can survive becoming a new homeowner. Here are 13 great tips for new homeowners and first-time home buyers.
If so, maybe it's time to take control of your finances and create a budget!
A budget is simply a plan that helps you manage your money by tracking how much income comes in and how much goes out. It can be broken down into three simple steps: setting goals, tracking expenses, and adjusting as needed.
The first step to creating a budget is setting financial goals for yourself. Ask yourself what do I want my money to accomplish? Do I want to save up for something specific or pay off debt? Once you have determined what those goals are, it will give direction when making decisions about spending habits or saving strategies.
The second step involves tracking expenses - both necessary ones like rent/mortgage payments as well as discretionary items such as entertainment costs - over an extended period of time (at least one month). This will help identify areas where changes need to be made in order for the desired outcomes from Step 1 above can be achieved more easily.
Lastly, adjust accordingly based on the results obtained from Steps 1 & 2 above; if necessary make cuts here or there in order increase savings rates while still staying within overall goal guidelines set earlier on during this process (i.e., paying off debts faster than originally planned). Also remember that budgets should not feel restrictive but rather liberating because they provide structure which leads towards greater success with achieving long-term financial objectives!
Creating a budget may seem overwhelming at first but once everything gets going it really isn’t too difficult – just remember these 3 steps: set goals; track expenses; adjust accordingly – and before long managing finances won't even require any thought because everything becomes second nature.
Try Ramsey Solutions' free EveryDollar app to help you get started.
It's no secret that rent increases can be a real burden on your finances, especially if you're living on a tight budget. But don't worry - there are ways to survive and even thrive during these tough times. Here are some tips for surviving a rent increase:
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a statewide civil rights organization whose mission is to eliminate illegal housing discrimination and ensure equal access to housing choice through education and enforcement of fair housing law.
Fair housing involves the rights that all people have to choose housing free from unlawful discrimination practices based on “protected class status.” Federal, state, and local fair housing laws all play a part in protecting people seeking housing from illegal discrimination in any housing transaction, including rentals, sales, lending, and insurance.
Fair housing ensures access for everyone. Fair housing guarantees that regardless of your race, sex, national origin, religion, family situation, or level of ability, you have the right to find housing that fits your needs — with no outside biases or stereotypes imposed upon you. By promoting fair housing through education and enforcement, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon creates welcoming, inclusive, and diverse communities that reflect all Oregonians.
Click below to learn more about FHCO or to report discrimination.
Even if you are receiving assistance with your rent, as a new renter, there are several important things you should know. First and foremost, make sure to read your rental agreement thoroughly and understand the terms before signing anything. This will help ensure that you’re aware of all the rules and regulations that come with renting an apartment or house.
Second, it’s important to budget for any additional costs associated with being a tenant such as utility bills or renters insurance premiums. Make sure to factor these into your monthly expenses so you can be prepared financially when they arise throughout the year. Additionally, if something goes wrong in your unit like broken appliances or plumbing issues, contact your landlord right away so they can take care of it quickly!
Finally, get familiar with local laws regarding tenants' rights in case any disputes arise between yourself and other tenants/landlords during tenancy period; this way you have legal recourse if needed down the line which could save time & money in long run! It's also helpful for landlords too because having informed renters who know their rights helps keep everyone on same page about expectations from each party involved- making whole process smoother & easier overall!
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis, free help is immediately available.
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, via phone, text and online chat, offering people compassionate care and support from trained crisis counselors for individuals, families or their loved ones. One does not have to be suicidal to call 988 but can reach out when experiencing any behavioral health crisis. 988 call services are available in English and Spanish, along with interpretation services in more than 150 languages. Texting 988 and online chat are currently available only in English. Veterans and military service members can call 988 and press “1” to connect with the Veterans Crisis Line.
Prevent foodborne illness during emergencies and disasters.
Check out these Resource Materials from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.
Security deposits are meant to protect the landlord, yet too often, tenants get screwed.
- By Lindsey Ellefson, LifeHacker
State rules on when and how landlords may enter tenant rental units.
When tenants sign a lease or rental agreement, they gain the right to exclusive use of the rental. This means that the landlord cannot enter the rental except as allowed by the terms of the lease or rental agreement and state law. Many states have laws requiring landlords to give tenants a minimum amount of notice (often 24 hours) before entering an occupied rental unit. Often, these laws also specify circumstances when a landlord may enter a tenant's rental unit (for example, to make repairs or show the unit to prospective renters). Here is a summary of state landlord access laws.
Note that even if a specific situation is not specifically mentioned in a statute, other law (such as that created by court decisions) might grant the landlord the right to enter. For example, in all states, even in the absence of a statute, landlords may enter to deal with a true emergency (an imminent and serious threat to health, safety, or property); and when the tenant has abandoned the property (left for good). Most states specify non-emergency circumstances that justify entry, and some explicitly include abandonment and "extended absence" (temporary but prolonged absence, which allows a landlord to enter when necessary to protect the property).
Also, always check to see if your lease or rental agreement includes a clause regarding the landlord's right to enter—many states allow landlords and tenants to make access agreements that differ from statutory law. If you have any questions about landlords' access laws in your state, contact a local tenants' rights group for help, or consult a local landlord-tenant attorney.
- By Ann O’Connell, Attorney on nolo.com
A quick look at Oregon Revised Statutes 90.322, 90.410
Amount of Notice Required in Non-emergency Situations